Wick­ets tum­bled rapidly

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Tal­la­rook has taken an early as­cen­dency in the Sey­mour and District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade com­pe­ti­tion.

Played at Tal­la­rook Recre­ation Re­serve on Satur­day, vis­it­ing Avenel won the toss and elected to bat.

That turned out to be a hor­ri­bly wrong de­ci­sion, as the home side dis­man­tled their lo­cal ri­vals al­most as soon as the visi­tors walked in to bat.

Avenel got off to a strong start with the open­ing part­ner­ship of Max Jones and Jar­rod Smith mak­ing 23 with­out loss, be­fore the wick­ets be­gan to tum­ble.

Smith was the first of four Avenel bats­men dis­missed off the bowl­ing of Wil­liam Dun­don — caught for nine runs.

And num­ber three Huw Jones was back in the pavil­ion be­fore he re­alised what was go­ing on, dis­missed for a duck; again off Dun­don’s bowl­ing.

Avenel’s top four were out for a com­bined 37, and the visi­tors looked to be in dan­ger of collapsing for less than 50.

But skip­per Steve Dono­van and Nathan Hrovatin put to­gether a part­ner­ship of 24, be­fore the cap­tain was sent pack­ing.

Avenel were all out for 85, hav­ing faced 36 overs.

Dun­don’s 4/19 off nine overs made him the pick of Tal­la­rook’s bowl­ing at­tack; An­drew Dun­don pitched in with two wick­ets of his own.

In re­sponse, af­ter an early hic­cup in the form of a Cameron Muir duck, it was smooth sailing for the home side.

Play­ing coach Jac SmithWil­liams took charge, belt­ing 63 not out, adding to the two catches he took in the field ear­lier; lead­ing his side to vic­tory.

Tal­la­rook reached 3/86 af­ter just 25 overs — the win putting Tal­la­rook well and truly clear at the top of the SDCA lad­der.

Max Lawrence grabbed two wick­ets for Avenel, fin­ish­ing with re­spectable fig­ures of 2/14 off six overs.

Eastern Hill v Broad­ford

In other SDCA re­sults from the week­end Eastern Hill was cleaned up by Broad­ford.

Broad­ford opener Blair Hobba (54) and Liam Col­lier (43) did the dam­age in the first in­nings, al­low­ing the visi­tors to reach 10/184 off 40 overs.

The chase was too much for Eastern Hill, who looked to be cruis­ing to­wards the to­tal un­til a mid-or­der col­lapse of 5/19 ru­ined that chance.

Broad­ford’s Tay­lor Shell did the dam­age with a huge 5/14 off just three overs.

Yea Tigers v Kil­more

In the other match of the round, the Yea Tigers were de­feated at home by Kil­more.

The Tigers bat­ted first and made a re­spectable 8/152 off the al­lo­cated 45 overs. Wicket-keeper Ryan Ak­ers (38) and Cameron Arm­strong (37) posted the high­est to­tals for Yea.

Shane Topham was the pick of the Kil­more bowlers with fig­ures of 5/29 at the end of the first in­nings.

In re­ply, Kil­more’s Ja­cob Wal­ton (48*) and wicket-keeper Matthew Rose (36) kept the run rate tick­ing over for the visi­tors.

And with just three balls re­main­ing in the match, the win­ning runs were hit to seal the game at 6/153.

Corey Mal­colm was the home side’s best with the ball, record­ing 4/9 off his nine overs.

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